Is Samyang Planning a 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Lens?

Is Samyang Planning a 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Lens?

Tamron's 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD has been praised for being remarkably versatile and for pushing the boundaries of lens design. Samyang might be joining the party soon, as rumors that the company is planning a similar lens have emerged. 

Photo Rumors is reporting that Samyang is prepping a 35-150mm f/2-2.8 lens for Sony E mount cameras. This would not be the first such lens. Tamron's 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD holds that title, and it has long been the lens I'm most jealous of not having in the Canon ecosystem. Reviews of the lens have generally praised both its performance and its remarkable versatility, and I'm sure a Samyang version would be similarly popular. Nonetheless, the rumored lens schematic shows a slightly simpler design than the Tamron version, so I would expect it to be a bit cheaper, with the Tamron perhaps edging it out in image quality, though that could change based on other factors.

I would love to see other manufacturers like Samyang start producing such options, as it might help the entire industry catch on to the usefulness of such lenses. Many photographers carry both a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 to cover their needs (wedding photographers in particular), but I suspect that a single 35-150mm f/2-2.8 could replace both those options for quite a few users. Hopefully, we'll hear more soon. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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The problem with the Tamron 35-150 is that it is not any good for closeup work with semi-macro subjects due to a very long 13" minimum focus distance that yields a paltry magnification rate of only 0.18x.

Hopefully this new Samyang greatly improves on that and offers a magnification ratio near 0.5x. That would make it a viable choice for all of us who want and need a zoom with a very broad range that can also be used to shoot real close to small subjects like dragonflies, toads, butterflies, etc.

For those who read my comment and think, "get a dedicated macro for that kind of work", my response is, "I already have multiple macro lenses, but they don't zoom ..... so show me a true macro that zooms from 35mm to 150mm and I will buy it."


This isn't really a "problem" with the Tamron 35-150. It's not intended for the type of photography you're describing.

"for me" applies to everything I write ..... thought that was universally understood

What are you quoting? There's literally no part of your original comment that has the words "for me," in it. But that's cool. It just says "the problem with the Tamron 35-150," and I'm noting that what you're describing as a problem, isn't really one.

Everything anyone writes about a lens' usability is automatically understood to be based on their own personal needs. We don't need to actually write the words, "to me" because everyone already knows that is what is meant.

The Tamron is both big and expensive. I wish for 35-105 f 2.8 That would be a great option. For me :-)))

That would be a good focal length range ..... I've had a 24-105mm for 16 years, and in all that time have hardly ever taken any images between 24mm and 35mm. That part of the range is pretty much useless to me, so a 35-105 would be just as useful and presumably have a bit better overall image quality, cost a bit less, and weigh a bit less. Sharpness in the very deep corners is of great importance to me, and so is brightness in the very deep corners. I think a 35-105 would also be a bit better in those aspects, relative to the 24-105.

My issue with the Tamron (and probably the Samyang) is that it's f2.8 at 85mm. If I were using this lens for event work, I'd still want my 85/1.4 on my second body and my 24/1.8 on my third.